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Essential .NET, Volume 1: The Common Language Runtime by Chris Sells, Don Box

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Assembly Names

Each assembly has a four-part name that uniquely identifies it. This four-part name consists of the friendly name, culture, developer, and version of the component. These names are stored in the assembly manifest of the assembly itself as well as all assemblies that reference it. The CLR uses the four-part assembly name to find the correct component at load time. The CLR provides programmatic access to assembly names via the System.Reflection.AssemblyName type, which is easily accessed via the System.Reflection.Assembly.GetName method.

The Name property of the assembly name typically corresponds to the underlying file name of the assembly manifest sans any file extension that may be in use. This is the only part of the assembly ...

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